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Murder on the Orient Express

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Book : Murder on the Orient Express
Author : Agatha Christie
Pages : 274
Price : 299/-
Publication : HarperCollins Publishers

My first ever Agatha Christie’s !! and WHAT A BOOK. Convincing my broken wallet, I need to read/own more of AC’s work.
One down, 44 to go for Hercule Poirot series.

Story (can’t write this without spoilers)

A train with 22 passengers, each different from one another. Yet they become part of an investigation, when one of the passengers is found murdered in his compartment.
Hercule Poirot takes matter in hand, and starts with investigation. Making assumptions and getting clues as he moved forward with the investigation. Interviewing each passenger and train staff for knowledge of any unknown or known clue.

12 wounds, surely means murder.
But Who Did It ?
Everyone has a strong alibi.
Was it someone from the Train ?
Or Someone from outside did this ?

Writing

As my first Agatha Christie’s novel, I enjoyed the writing style. I now know, why she is the best-selling author of all time.
I feel great, when reading crime/mystery novel I am so much involved it in that I continue to make guess who did it. And this was no different, the book started in a different place all together. And I kept wondering when is the Orient Express coming in limelight. And the way it came in, and the pace book took was good enough even though it sometimes got bored. As I can feel the time characters took to open up.

For writers writing a book on one single character sometimes is different, yet here it is Agatha amazingly playing with 16-17 characters and that too pretty well. Every character had its uniqueness to them, and most of all our Investigator Hercule stole the show always. His mannerism and his way of deducting absolute absurd(well I thought them absurd at that time) until all made the sense.

I loved how their were pretty funny dialogues in starting like

‘Ugly as sin, but she makes herself felt. You agree?’

‘If you will forgive me for being personal- I do not like your face, M. Ratchett’

Not that it was completely fool-proof, I still have some doubts like, why did Poirot ever thought that the murdered couldn’t go out from window ? I mean he can go up the roof of train right ? Not that he will stay there, but for making fool of someone, a murderer can do that right ?
Also there were some absolutely ABSURD deductions by him, I mean how he said a person was THAT person just by fluke ? You might say he was a SUPER GOOD Detective, but then it’s hard to believe that his absurdest deductions made a strong case and investigation forward.

Final Note :

From very few books, that I haven’t seen movies of before hand. Murder On The Orient Express is one of them, and I am eagerly waiting to see the movie now. Having the book of movie cover gives a clue who is who, still I want to make sure who is who. Also Johnny Deep as a victim, well that definitely is a MUST TO SEE ❤

Rating a writer like Agatha Christie is not my cup of tea, as she is the BEST.
Yet for this one, I will like to

Overall: 4/5

**I won the book in a contest by HarperCollins Publishers, when movie was about to release.**
Read this as part of #femmeMarchFest, in March 2018 where we devoted our reading to Female writers only.
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This was my entry for the contest.
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…all five… a true story

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Book : …all five… a true story
Author : Karolina Robinson

Publisher : Michael Terence Publishing
Pages : 144

Story Line

Story revolves around life of Dorian living with his mother,step-dad and little sister. Always waiting for her elder sister, Iva to visit home. Their twisted relationship more that brother-sister is what I couldn’t digest. *Indian’s are very conserved in this type of things (not all)*
My stomach got a twist, when I first read they kissed each other *on lips* , I thought it’s their way of showing how much they care, how much they missed each other. Until few pages down, Iva gets pregnant, and then is detected with terminal illness. While living at home for illness, Dorian’s step-dad and mother finds out the bond Dorian-Iva share and are not so happy. Sending Iva away to her Grandmother, and asked Dorian for special camp for thinking such a relation could exist between a brother & sister. Dorian wasn’t happy to hear about these things, so he took STEP towards it. The blurb tells so much about the story, for that only I got intrigued about WHY would someone do this.

Writing

It was a fast read, I read it in one sitting *which like very less happens in my case*. The writing is easy and simple to read. English not being author’s first language, a reader can see it through out the book. I so wish the author had an editor, or some solid proofreading before publishing it.

I also wish, this could be a bit lengthy, because it doesn’t give us insight about Dorian mental state. He looks like a cold-blooded person after so much has gone happened in the family.
But everything is well concluded by the letter Granny wrote to the public press. This one just made me in tears, a letter 80 years writing about how her Happy family, got her to No family at all. The title also isn’t concluded until the last words of granny’s letter.

 

Cover: 4/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5 *it revealed almost everything*
Theme: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Overall: 3.9/5

Before I enter any giveaway, I check the Blurb. And …all five… I knew what has happened, but was intrigued to know WHY it has happened.
I won the giveaway.. **YAYYY** This was my first giveaway winning at goodreads *I know I am a bit late in posting this review 😦 *
The Book was signed by Author Karolina Robinson herself with lovely note ❤ I love signed books 🙂

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YOU NEVER KNOW

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Book : YOU NEVER KNOW: Sometimes love can drag you through hell…
Author : Akash Verma
Paperback price(discounted) : 122.00/-
Pages : 240

Story Line

Story revolves around life of Dhruv, a happily married man with children’s until Anuradha is recruited in the his advertisement company. She leaves impression on Dhruv on first day itself. Dhruv fells attracted towards her. They work together on a product’s advertisement, for which various company are competing. On the D-day of presentation, International team asks questions that whole of advertising team isn’t able to answer. At that right moment Anuradha with her confident attitude, and sticking to the campaign presented brings the project to her company.
Everyone is impresses, and Dhruv is more attracted to her. He knew its wrong to have feelings for someone else for a married man, still he can’t control his feelings.

As time goes, Anuradha reciprocate the same feelings. Like new love birds, they start seeing each other under eyes of everyone. Dhruv feels, he has started spending more time with Anuradha than her wife and kids. But Anuradha has a past, her ex Sid died few months back. And she is coping with the past. Till the past, comes and threaten her new life, & Dhruv. Dhruv’s marriage, his work is under threat. Will Dhruv be able to cope with everything? Will Anuradha make peace with her past? Sometimes Love Can Drag You Through Hell, what Hell is author talking about ?

Writing

Author has narrated with perspective of Dhruv & Sid, which keeps on binding the readers to know the characters personally. The series of event are weaved in an interesting way, that keeps readers on edge sometimes, and sometimes readers can look through what next is to happen. Language used is easy and nothing much to add up in my vocabulary.

What I liked most is the Cover & Title of book that keeps readers wondering about the HELL that is referred. And it isn’t exposed to readers until the very end, in last 20 pages.

Cover: 4.5/5
Title: 4.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Overall: 3.6/5

I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Book Review: Unns – The Captivation

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Book- UNNS: The Captivation
Author- Sapan Saxena
Genre- Fiction (Romance/Thriller)
Publisher- Inspire India Publishers

Paperback Prince – 189/-
Pages- 244

Unns- The Captivation,

As the name suggests it has actually kept me captivated while reading. At first, the story looked like a school romance, that will flourish as the time goes. But author Sapan Saxena had something else in mind. A story where two different religions meet has always attracted me to read more.

I love it when I learn new things while reading. And this book has definitely taught me “Seven stages of love”. Not only mentioned it in every chapter title, but same has gone through each page of the book.

1. Hub means the stage of Attraction.
2. Unns means the stage of Infatuation.
3. Ishq is when people actually fall in Love.
4. Aqeedat is stage of Reverence.
5. Ibadat is Worshipping of lover.
6. Junoon is the sixth stage of Obsession for your lover.
7. The final stage is Maut (death).

 
The book is very intelligently by the author has separated in 3 parts. And I am going to review each part differently.

The Beginning: what I love calling it as school romance, shows all of the things we as a schoolmate have seen our friends doing it or even we did it. Finding someone before we end the school is one of the certificates everyone think they deserve.
The three friends in starting gave me a look of Harry Potter, Ron Weasly & Hermoine Granger. And I knew, I am going to love this (HP things ALWAYS connect to potterheads)

The Middle: Well, I will be very true about this. If I hadn’t seen “Ek tha Tiger” movie, this part would have been my favorite. But glimpse of the movie was so much inevitable in this part.
What I loved the part in the garden where Atharva told Meher about her feeling again, just before he discussed his mission in Germany. Atharva’s feelings in Sapan’s words have been more than just words. It remains with me, even after I finished it.
“ALWAYS” my FAVORITE (what you expect from a potterhead 😛 )

The END: This part has definitely kept me tight on my toes. Thinking about, how she is now in love with him. How he still loves her. Thinking about their opportunities of being together.
But alas, once a betrayal always a betrayal..

Loved it, how the characters have aged really well. They were immature in the beginning, but as the time lapsed in book both the characters grewn strongly into what they are and what they want.

All in all, it was quite a good read, simple language with some grammatical errors & loopholes. Although, I am still in question with the things happened in Ode on Solitude..!!

Romance in the beginning,
Thriller in the middle,
& Mystery as it ends.

Cover: 4/5
Title: 4/5
Blurb: 3.5/5
Theme: 4/5
Story: 3.5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

You can by book at Amazon -> Unns- The Captivation

The book was provided by Half Baked Beans(HBB) in exchange for a genuine review.

Do give a shot at this book, doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket still keeps you entertaining while it lives.

-mpsn_fables ^_^